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Preparing for the Procedure

A checklist to ensure you consider everything along your way

Deciding on Laser Vision Correction is no easy decision. It is normal to have fears: Wondering exactly what happens during such an operation and the risks associated with it. Before entering the operating room, it is recommended to find the right doctor and thoroughly inform yourself about the different options. Once the surgery date is scheduled, the preparation is easy. This checklist helps in keeping track of all the necessary steps before having your vision error corrected.

What Needs to Be Done Prior to Surgery

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  • Finding a doctor: Talking to people who have already had laser eye surgery and searching the internet and other sources for positive experiences and recommendations might be useful when finding the right clinic.
  • Eye examination: During the first appointment, it is important to consult with an optometrist or ophthalmologist about your refractive condition and undergo an eye exam. Afterwards, it is helpful to meet with doctors or clinic representatives to ask questions about options to correct your vision. 
  • Clarify uncertainties: Many clinics can answer follow up questions over the phone. The refractive error prescription and the individual lifestyle are important factors in choosing the treatment option best suited to individual needs. Consult with your doctor and make sure the preferred option is available.
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  • Choose a procedure: It is necessary to discuss with your ophthalmologist which type of laser eye surgery best fits your needs and expectations.
  • Plan for surgery: After all the steps, you can make an appointment for the surgery with the clinic.
  • Remove contacts: It is recommended to stop wearing contact lenses for at least 2-3 weeks (depending on lens material) before surgery.
  • Prepare for recovery: Preparing for post-surgery recovery may include taking the day of the surgery off from work, arranging for an alternative form of transportation to bring you home, and having someone accompany you to help with your needs.